Portland neighbors stepped up in 2015 and organized over 50+ Neighborhood Watches! These neighbors are now more connected and knowledgeable about crime prevention and how to respond if they see criminal activity. When neighbors get to know one another, they become more protective of what happens in their shared space and can more readily identify suspicious activity and report it. On most streets in Portland, the police will never be as familiar with your neighborhood as you or your neighbors.
We always encourage neighbors to call us to start a group as a proactive measure. The reality is that most neighbors contact us after learning about a car prowl, burglary or other crime that happened in their neighborhood.
If you want to organize a Neighborhood Watch in your Portland neighborhood, visit us at the following webpage for more info: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/26674